Luke 11: 1-4
One day Jesus was praying in a certain place. When he finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples.”
He said to them, “When you pray, say:
Father, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come. Give us each day our daily bread. Forgive us our sins, for we also forgive everyone who sins against us. And lead us not into temptation.”
Jesus saw the need to be in prayer with his Father; his disciples saw this same need in their own lives and asked Jesus to teach them how to pray. Jesus tells the disciples to start by acknowledging their relationship with God as Father, to be followed by praise to his name, and to invite God to come into their presence. Then they are to ask for their needs: daily bread, forgiveness of their sins, and forgiveness for everyone who sins against them. Finally they are told to ask God to lead them so they will not fall into temptation. Let’s follow the same instruction in prayer for our own life so we will be in daily relationship with our Heavenly Father.
Father you who are holy and worthy of praise, come into our heart and lead us this day. We ask that you provide our need for daily bread, for forgiveness for ourselves and for those who might sin against us. Help us not to fall into temptation but to keep our eyes on Jesus the Christ. We ask in Jesus’s name, amen.